Our Citroën H Van
Not your average Mr. Whippy van....
Affectionately known as “nez de cochon” or “pig nose” to the French, nearly a half a million of these workhorse vans were built and they kept France, Belgium & Holland moving for decades. They are now a very collectable classic vehicle and are exported to all corners of the globe.
Our H van started life in Paris back in 1975. After decades of use (and abuse) as a delivery vehicle, we discovered our old van in an OK state, but it was still in need of a little love and attention. First job - the body and mechanicals.
After leaving France, our H van crossed the channel and arrived in England. Once there, a complete body and mechanical restoration was undertaken and after several long (and expensive!) months, the restoration was now complete and our little van was ready to leave European shores forever, bound for a new life in Australia.
After rolling off the ship in Brisbane, our newly painted and polished H van was then sent straight up to the Sunshine Coast to be professionally fitted out for commercial use. At the same time, our custom made “Pozzetti” Gelato cabinet arrived from Italy and was ready be paired up with the old Citroën.
A few months later, the fit out conversion was finished and our dream of turning this unloved Citroën into a beautiful Gelato van was finally realised. Now on the streets of Brisbane, we reckon it’s one of the prettiest Gelato/Ice Cream vans anywhere in the world.
Our van’s equipment can either be run using mains power or fully independently using deep cell batteries stored on board. This unique battery system allows us to operate in complete silence and without the need of a noisy & smelly petrol generator found in many other Ice Cream vans. This also means we can operate safely in both indoor and outdoor venues.